Fisherfolk couple murdered over long-running battle against coastal and land-use conversion — PAMALAKAYA

PAMALAKAYA said the fisherfolk couple Chai Lemita-Evangelista and Ariel Evangelista were both members of Ugnayan ng Mamamayan Laban sa Pagwawasak ng Kalikasan at Kalupaan (UMALPAS KA), a local environmental organization in Nasugbu, Batangas. The Evangelistas were active in the long-standing campaign against coastal and land-grabbing by private developers within the 8,650-hectare Hacienda Looc in Nasugbu.

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Fishers seek gov’t action on galunggong price hike

“Once a poor man’s fish, galunggong is no longer affordable to poor families courtesy of its unreasonable prices. With the prices of other foods such as rice, vegetables, and meat products rising, ordinary consumers who have yet to recover from the crises of pandemic have now nothing to choose from to eat a decent meal,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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In defiance to China, fishers publicly declare Coast Guard Law ‘null and void’

“The Coast Guard Law is a flagrant display of Chinese military might and moreover, an act of aggression against legitimate claimants of the South China Sea. This legislation explicitly empowers Chinese Coast Guard to shoot any vessel, armed or unarmed, entering Beijing’s illegally-claimed marine waters,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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PAMALAKAYA trooped Chinese Consulate to protest ‘coast guard law’

“China can’t just order its naval forces to shoot anyone that they consider as foreigners to the maritime waters that they illegally claim. This legislation would heighten the antagonistic approach of Chinese militias against Filipino fishers conducting economic activities within our own fishing grounds. It deserves a strong condemnation and defiance not only from the Filipino people but also from the people of the claimant countries of the South China Sea,” Salvador France, Secretary General of PAMALAKAYA said during the protest.

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